Video footage of HALESTORM performing an acoustic version of the song “What Sober Couldn’t Say” live at Atlantic Records‘ recording studio in New York City this past April can be seen below.
The “What Sober Couldn’t Say” lyrics speak of someone finally determined to get out of a bad relationship: “The way you want me / Saying nothing / But not this time / I’m gonna say…”
HALESTORM guitarist Joe Hottinger explained the song’s meaning to TeamRock: “Sometimes you do have to be drunk to say what you really mean, and this is a heavy story about getting out of a situation that you shouldn’t be in.”
“What Sober Couldn’t Say” is taken from HALESTORM‘s third studio album, “Into The Wild Life”, which was released in April.
HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale told The Pulse Of Radio that the new disc felt like a natural evolution for the band while they recorded it. “The actual meaning of and the reason that albums are called albums is because it is a snapshot, it is a collection of imagery and sonically, you know, of a place and time in your life,” she said. “And everyone keeps coming up to us that has heard the new record and says, ‘Oh my gosh, this is such a leap from your last record,’ and to us, ’cause we’ve just been living it, it’s like, ‘Oh no, it’s not!'”
Hale also spoke about choosing a producer, Jay Joyce, who was not especially known for rock records. She explained: “He’s like this cool, chain-smoking, creative ball of energy, and his bread and butter — because of circumstance and the area that he’s in Nashville — his bread and butter has been a lot of country artists and a lot of alternative. I believe we were the first hard rock band that he’s recorded, and so it was just a really neat perspective to have, having somebody that loves rock and roll that hadn’t really had the opportunity to show that.”
“Into The Wild Life” debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 56,000 copies in its first week of release — more than double the first week haul of the band’s previous effort, 2012’s Grammy-winning “The Strange Case Of…”